Transgenerational Trauma Across Cultures

This panel discussion explores the cultural aspects of transgenerational trauma.  Cultural factors deeply influence trauma survivor presentations.  It is essential for those treating those survivors to understand this.  Dolores Mosquera, E. C. Hurley, and Jennifer Gomez will each present a different cultural viewpoint.  Jennifer Gomez discusses the traumatic aspects of racism and its transgenerational transmission.

EC Hurley identifies the multigenerational impact of PTSD among veterans and their families.  Dolores Mosquera will address different facets of Interpersonal Partner Violence and Family Violence, including internalized and externalized violent and victim parts of the self.  The presenters will then join the audience to explore further the role of culture in transgenerational trauma.

This session was originally presented as a live conference session in April 2022.

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Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this session participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the way culture can affect symptom presentation in trauma survivors
  • Explain cultural betrayal trauma theory in the context of anti-Black racism in the United States
  • Define (intra)cultural pressure and (intra)cultural support as transgenerational messages of harm and healing related to trauma and inequality
  • Discuss how multigenerational transmission of trauma is also applicable among veteran families with PTSD symptoms
  • Recognize the nature of the veteran culture to normalize PTSD
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Presenter: Heather Hall, MD
Presenter Bio: Dr. Hall is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. She has over thirty years of experience. She combines her expertise in psychopharmacology and psychotherapy in developing a treatment plan tailored to the needs of each individual. Before establishing her private practice, Dr. Hall was an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at UCSF and UC Davis. She is currently on the board of directors of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation and specializes in treating complex trauma. Dr. Hall is a graduate of Smith College in Northampton, MA. She completed her medical training at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, and her psychiatric training at The Institute of Pennsylvania hospital, also in Philadelphia.

Presenter: Dolores Mosquera, Psy
Presenter Bio: Dolores Mosquera, is a psychologist and psychotherapist specializing in severe and complex trauma, personality disorders, and dissociation. She is an accredited EMDR Europe Trainer and supervisor. Dolores is the director of the Institute for the Study of Trauma and Personality Disorders (INTRA-TP) in A Coruña, Spain¬—a thre-clinic private institution initially founded in 2000. She is a member of the editorial board of the European Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, a member of the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, and the co-editor of the European Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation´s Newsletter. Dolores has extensive teaching experience leading seminars, workshops, and lectures internationally. She has published 16 books and numerous articles on personality disorders, complex trauma, and dissociation, and is a recognized expert in this field. She received the David Servan-Schreiber award for outstanding contributions to the EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Processing) field in 2017, and was made Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation in 2018, for her contributions to the trauma and dissociation field.

Presenter: Jennifer M. Gómez, PhD
Presenter Bio: Jennifer M. Gómez, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute for Child & Family Development (MPSI) at Wayne State University. She earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 2017 from University of Oregon. She has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, scholarly writings, and pieces for the general public. Additionally, she is the lead co-editor of a special issue of Journal of Trauma & Dissociation—Discrimination, Violence, & Healing in Marginalized Communities (anticipated publication date: Spring 2021). She also is a Board Member and Chair of the Research Committee for the Center for Institutional Courage, a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming institutional approaches and responses to trauma and inequality. Her research has been recognized by the National Academy of Sciences and funded by the Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs and Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research (MCUAAAR). By focusing on societal inequality’s role on the impact of violence for marginalized youth, young adults, and elders, Dr. Gómez uses her cultural betrayal trauma theory to both document harm and identify avenues of hope and healing for youth, families, communities, institutions, and society.

Presenter: E. C. Hurley, PhD, DMin, COL, USA (Ret), BCETS, LMFT
Presenter Bio: E. C. Hurley, DMin, PhD, is the Founder and CEO of Soldier Center, a community-based treatment center and training center specializing in the treatment of military, veterans, and first-responder populations. A retired Army Colonel with 33 years military service, his military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Bronze Star, and Legion of Merit. Integrating his military experience with a committment to provide effective clinical treatment to military, veterans, and first-responders, he specializes in treating persons with complex PTSD and moral injury across the dissociative spectrum. The presenter developed a 10-day intensive treatment program for veterans with PTSD. Active military and veterans are referred to the 10-day intensive program from throughout the nation. Academically, he holds doctorates in Clinical Psychology (PhD) and pastoral counseling (DMin). The presenter is the recipient of the Elizabeth Stryker EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Program's (EMDR HAP) Volunteer of the Year award (2010) and EMDRIA’s Francine Shapiro award (2019). He is author of several publications including his research in comparing EMDR weekly and intensive treatments (Hurley, 2018); coauthored a chapter treating PTSD with EMDR therapy in American Psychological Association's "Casebook to the APA Clinical Practice Guideline for the Treatment of PTSD;" a chapter on “Treating military sexual trauma with EMDR therapy (Katz, 2015) and a recently released book "A Clinicians Guide for Treating Active Military and Veteran Populations with EMDR Therapy" published by Springer Publishing, 2020.

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